Congress: Reject the President’s Budget—It Harms Students with Disabilities
In response to the release of the Fiscal Year 2021 budget by the White House, Lauren Morando Rhim, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools released the following statement:
The White House Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposes to completely decimate federal support for public schools. While the proposed budget does maintain funding for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), schools and districts rely upon the full spectrum of federal funds to infuse budgets in support of high-quality education. This proposal would cut overall federal spending on K-12 education and halt access to public school choice, including for families whose children have disabilities. The proposed cuts threaten access for students in every state. Therefore, we call upon Congress to reject the President’s proposed budget and urge appropriators to use their authority to support of all public education, including the 7,000 charter schools that educate over 300,000 students with disabilities across 43 states and the District of Columbia. This choice is easy.